CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University's Tuesday baseball game against top-ranked University of Virginia has been suspended due to strong thunderstorms. The Cavaliers held a 2-0 lead when lightning and heavy rain approached in the middle of the second inning. The delay lasted more than an hour before storms exited the Charlottesville area. No makeup date is scheduled.
After VCU (16-22) went down in order in the top of the first, Virginia (40-4) jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the frame. Sophomore Blake Hauser issued a one-out walk before John Hicks lifted a first-pitch, two-run homer over the left field wall to put Virginia on top 2-0.
Cavaliers starter Cody Winiarski, who faced VCU in the opening round of last year's NCAA Regional, made quick work of the Rams retiring all six batters he faced. The teams cleared the field before Virginia, which became the first team in Division I to reach the 40-win plateau, came to the plate in the second.
Had today's game been completed, the Rams would have met the NCAA's top-ranked team for the second consecutive season and third time in program history. VCU will have another shot at Virginia on May 3 when the Cavaliers visit The Diamond at 7 p.m.
VCU returns to Colonial Athletic Association play this weekend with a three-game home series against second-place Delaware beginning Friday, April 29 at 6 p.m. The Rams and Blue Hens are slated for a 4 p.m. start time on Saturday and will conclude the series Sunday at 2 p.m.